The Nynehead and District Local History Society

Contact Sheila Rabson: tel 01823 666609; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Society was formed in Autumn 1971 following the 18th World Ploughing Championship (30th September to 2nd October) which was held at Heywood Farm. A small group of residents decided that they would mount an exhibition about the fascinating history of the village. The aim of the Society is to promote research about the village. Over the years, many members have carried out research and have produced publications such as the history of Nynehead Court, Hornshay Farm, the Church, Lord Methuen in South Africa and the most ambitious project to date, the publication of The Book of Nynehead in 2003.

The Society meets on the second Friday of the month between October and May at 7-30pm in the Nynehead Memorial Hall. At each meeting there is guest speaker. During the summer months visits are made to places of interest in the area. The annual subscription is £10 (in 2015/16) and visitors are always welcome (£3 per visit in 2015/16).

The programme for 2015/16 is:-

9 October ‘Popular music in Edwardian Somerset’ – David Sutcliffe

13 November The story of Canonsleigh Abbey, Burlescombe’ – Des Atkinson

11 December ‘Wellington and its dukedom’ – Colin Spackman

8 January ‘The history of Somerset Fire Brigades’ – John Godley

12 February ‘Dr John Toogood and the Bridgwater Hospital’ – Dr Lesley Sutcliffe

11 March ‘Pinkery Pond and Canal – an Exmoor enigma’ – Dr Graham Wills

9 April AGM and members’ evening

13 May ‘The lost buildings of Nynehead’ – David Rabson